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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Men We Love and Hate at Opera at Florham



Men We Love and Hate in Opera

November 4 at 2pm

The Mansion, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison

Baritone Matthew Ciuffitelli, tenor Frederick Schlick and bass Hidenori Inoue perform emotionally charged arias and duets from Elixir of Love, Barber of Seville, Don Pasquale, Don Carlo and Faust. After an intermission with light refreshments, Mary Pinto plays a Beethoven piano medley. The singers return with selections from the American Songbook, including Ragtime and Camelot and a full company rendition of "Que voulez vous messieurs?" from Faust.

Piano accompaniment by Mary Pinto. Narration by Lou Barrella.

Tickets: General $30, Seniors $25, Groups (10+) $20/person, Students (22 & under) $10, FDU Students (22 & under) free, Children (12 & under) free.

Four Musicale Subscription: $120 general, $100 seniors


Frederick Schlick, tenor

Hidenori Inoue, bass

Mary Pinto, pianist

Matthew Ciuffitelli, baritone

"O Mimi tu piu non torni" from Puccini's La Boheme at Opera at Florham

Sneak preview: Matthew Ciuffitelli performs at OaF's May 2018 musicale with tenor Roy Hage and pianist Mary Pinto.

Upcoming Musicales 2018-19

Nov 4 The Demonic and the Debonair

Dec 2 Celebrating the Holidays

Apr 14 A Tribute to Licia Albanese

May 5 Vocal Competition & Musicale Honoring Violetta DuPont

Buy tickets NOW to The Demonic & the Debonair or the 4-musicale package.

NEW in Outreach and Education

A Tribute to Licia Albanese

Opera at Florham's April 14 Musicale will be a tribute to Opera legend, Licia Albanese, an international star who performed at the Met for 26 seasons. Licia was an influential opera patron and avid supporter of aspiring opera singers. Opera at Florham was honored to have Licia serve as a jurist for several of our International Vocal Competitions.

Lou Barrella will present a pre-concert audio-visual lecture about Licia's life story.

Canal Walk Concert

This January 12, 2019, Opera at Florham will present a concert at Canal Walk in Somerset, NJ. Four singers will introduce and perform selections from opera and the American Songbook.

We are very excited to be a part of the Canal Walk concert series.



Events are held in:

Lenfell Hall, The Mansion, Fairleigh Dickinson University

285 Madison Ave, Madison, NJ 07940

Opera at Florham

P.O.Box 343, Convent Station, NJ 07961


Trojan Women: JCTC Reinvents Classic Tragedy for Today’s Times

Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) presents Trojan Women, a multimedia and multilingual adaptation of the classic Greek tragedy reimagined for today’s turbulent times. Trojan Women  opens Friday November 2nd for an 11-show run that closes on Sunday November 18 at Merseles Studios, 339 Newark Avenue, Jersey City.

This multimedia production – directed by Olga Levina, Artistic Director of JCTC – features a diverse cast of more than 15 actors with nearly as many additional artists as part of the production crew. These talented individuals include artists of international stature as well as those with regional renown.

Some of the members include actors such as Tatyana Zbirovskaya, who worked in Russian theater before emigrating to the U.S. in the 1990s, Mahalet Dejene, an Ethiopian-born actress now working in the U.S., Aizzah Fatima, a Pakistani actress & playwright whose one-woman show Dirty Paki Lingerie has toured internationally and Sylvana Joyce, a local legend famous as the leader of the Jersey City-based Gypsy pro-rock band, Sylvana Joyce & The Moment.

The crew contains an equally impressive array of talent such as multimedia artists Laia Cabrera  and Isabella Duverger, who have won awards both in New York and Europe; Ekaterina Abramova an artist whose work is featured in museums and collections throughout the world and Frank Ippolito, a Jersey City-based artist and designer recently retired from a decades long career as a Museum of Natural History artist.

This extraordinary ensemble transformed the intimate, black box theater at Merseles Studios into a surreal dreamscape that brings new life to this timeless saga about the resilience and strength of women. “JCTC has  gathered an amazing mix of global and local talent because you need a cast and crew this diverse to truly spark a conversation about the ways “the other” is dehumanized through prejudice, oppression and violence in society,” said Levina.

Based on “The Trojan Women”  by Euripides, the play depicts the aftermath of the Greek/Trojan war  and the brutal occupation of Troy by the victorious Greek soldiers, who after slaughtering
all the men, brutally assault the captured woman and separate them from their children.
Will these only survivors of Troy be massacred as well, forced into marriage or slavery made to live like refugees in their devastated city, subject to the whims and desires of the occupying soldiers? Historians may trace the original Trojan Women, to 415 BC, but the timeless themes of oppression, displacement and resistance have never been more relevant.

A major theme of Trojan Women is anti-violence – and with violence of all kinds still prevalent   – shootings, domestic violence, clashes between police and protestors and ongoing war in the Mideast – the JCTC production truly is a play for the way we live now. “Violence seems to be growing nationally, internationally and to be honest, locally as well,” said Levina. “Violence is touching all our lives and we need to truly understand and discuss the affect it is having so we can try and put a stop to it, or at least decrease it.”
The play also conveys the violence and trauma of war. The multilingual approach replicates the alienation of war where miscommunication usually increases the suffering of victims. When casting the play, JCTC looked for actors fluent in a foreign language; 15 different languages are spoken in Trojan Women, although the majority of the dialogue spoken by the invading Greek soldiers is in English. This use of multiple languages enhances the realism of the play, while action, movement and projections help convey the story.

Since 2014, JCTC has presented and produced a range of theatre, dance, and readings known for being cutting-edge, provocative and relevant. With nontraditional set design, utilizing multimedia components of video, photography, performance art and sound-scaping, Trojan Women is an immersive experience that transcends conventional rules of drama, expands the classic text with contemporary monologues and breaks through the proverbial 4th Wall. JCTC has brought together a diverse team of artists from multiple disciplines and cultural backgrounds to create a Trojan Women for 21st century audiences.

JCTC Theatre: Trojan Women
Friday 11/2
Saturday 11/3
Sunday 11/4 *
Thursday  11/8
Friday 11/9
Saturday 11/10
Sunday 11/11 *
Thursday 11/15
Friday 11/16
Saturday 11/17
Sunday 11/18 *

Doors: 7:30/ Show: 8:00
*Sunday Shows Only: Doors: 5:30/ Show:6:00

Tickets: $25
($15/ Student and Senior Discount – must show valid ID)

To purchase tickets visit:

Jersey City Theater Center
Merseles Studios
339 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07302
(201) 795-5386

Photo Caption: Olga Levina, Artistic Director, JCTC is directing Trojan Woman, a multimedia, multilingual and ultra-contemporary reinvention of the classic drama by Euripides (Photograph by Bang Chau).


Cast: Tatyana Zbirovskaya: Hecuba; Natalia Volkodaeva: Andromache; Mahalet Dejene : Cassandra; Dina Manganaris: Helen; Naya A. Desir-Johnson: Astyanax; Steven Martin: Athena/Greek soldier; Zach Hendrickson: Poseidon/Greek soldier; Kevin Terwin : Menelaus/Greek soldier; Oliver Henry Fishman: Talthybius/Greek soldier.

The Trojan Women (Greek Chorus): Paula de Lima Torres; Daphnee McMaster; Julia Malinovskaya; Lorena Ibeth Marin Ortiz; Te'ena Klein; Claudia Godi; Sylvana Joyce;
Aizzah Fatima

Greeks: Sanio Kurtesevic; John St. Croix.

Production: Steven Vessella – Stage Manager; Frank Ippolito – Art and Set Designer and Construction; Lance A Michel – Lighting Designer, Tech Director; Fernando Ayres – Venue Manager, Technician; Matthew Holowienka - Costume Designer; Laia Cabrera – Scenography, video-mapping projections design; Isabella Duverger - Scenography, video-mapping projections design; Kasia Skorynkiewicz – Video production; Lucy Rovetto – Image and art design; Ekaterina Abramova – Artist, Cover Image; Jenny Brover – Art Photography; Lisa Rosetta Strum – Casting Director; Dan Pieraccini- General Manager.

Director: Olga Levina

Funding for Trojan Women was made possible by generous support from the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive and the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Trojan Women was also made possible through the generosity of Ben LoPiccolo Development Group, JCTC’s Board of Directors, private donors and local Jersey City businesses.

Jersey City Theater Center, Inc. (JCTC) presents programming at Merseles Studios and White Eagle Hall. JCTC is a nonprofit, 501c3 arts organization committed to inspiring conversations about the important topics of our times through innovative and progressive performing and visual arts that celebrates diversity, bringing communities closer together and enhancing the quality of life.  

“Affair of the Art,” the second annual fundraiser for Studio Montclair

Studio Montclair and presenting sponsor, Keller Williams NJ Metro Group, Montclair, announce “Affair of the Art,” an evening celebration of Studio Montclair  at 18 Label Studios, 18 Label Street in Montclair, NJ, Saturday, November 17, 2018, from 7:30 to 10pm. 

“Affair of the Art,” the second annual fundraiser for Studio Montclair

Founded in 1996 by five local visual artists, Studio Montclair has pursued a mission of promoting culture and education in the visual arts. Now it has grown to approximately 500 members, a quarter of whom are Montclair residents, with the remaining 75 percent living in other New Jersey towns and 19 states from every region of the US, as well as Europe and Asia. We have grown exponentially in the past year, growing from one exhibition space to three. During the past year we have held numerous exhibits in our flagship gallery at 127 Bloomfield Avenue and curated eye-catching artwork for our window displays. We initiated member meet-ups in the gallery and offered art business “bootcamps” and a web design course. We collaborated with the Montclair Orchestra, and reached out to the Montclair BID and the Montclair Museum to join with them in expanding First Thursday Art in Montclair. To date we’ve given seven emerging artists a chance to shine at our new Incubator space at Academy Square and matched them with seasoned artists who served as volunteer mentors. We are able to showcase the fine craft work of our artist members in addition to the fine arts at our newest gallery at 237 Lorraine Avenue in the KW building.

The evening’s celebration will include:

     Red Carpet photos by Phil Cantor

     Exhibition ballroom dancing by Vesko Matako & Andrea Mariscal and Slawek Roszak & Denise Sobiewsk

     Sumptuous food by Tia’s Food of Love and signature drinks by Jersey Spirits Distilling Co. and NJ Beer

     Live and silent auctions

     Sale of the original art that has been reproduced for display on banners in Montclair’s business districts during the months of October and November

     Display and sale of SMI member original works, all measuring 4 1/2 by 6” 

All proceeds from the evening will help Studio Montclair fund SMI’s ongoing projects and aid us in the development of more programs and community-oriented projects so we can bring the visual arts to all of Montclair and the surrounding areas.

Since its inception, Studio Montclair has become a dynamic and innovative source of thought-provoking art exhibits and programming in New Jersey,” said KW NJ Metro’s Julie Corbo. “The agents at KW NJ Metro Group, the #1-ranked real estate brokerage in Montclair and Essex County as a whole, reflect a strong culture of giving back to many worthy causes at the local level and are thrilled to partner with this organization to bring an increased awareness of the vital role that the visual arts play in the life of our community.”

About Keller Williams

Keller Williams, the largest real estate franchise in the world by agent count, with more than 800 offices and more than 155,000 associates across the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia, is also Training Magazine’s #1 training organization across all industries worldwide. KW NJ Metro Group is located at 237 Lorraine Avenue, Montclair.

About Studio Montclair

Studio Montclair Inc. is a nonprofit organization of exhibiting professional and emerging visual artists and others interested in the visual arts. In the past year, it has exhibited in three galleries, more than 280 works of art and has encouraged and interacted with close to 1,000 artists. Anyone interested in attending the event or contributing to it can find more information at

Friday, October 19, 2018

Discount Tix this Weekend

NJartsTix: Great theatre. Great prices. No. Tunnels. Deals this weekend!

Discounts available for select performances

October 19 - 26

In order of availability


Reg. $25 NOW $19!

Centenary Stage Company
Before Twilight and True Blood, only one vampire commanded "the children of the night." In this blood-thirsty tale of unholy terror, Count Dracula slips into Victorian London. Only one man, Dr. Van Helsing, can stop the carnage.
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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Reg. $30 NOW $15!

The Theater Project
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has been hailed as a work of comedic genius. Adult actors play an eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens – and some volunteers from the audience -- spell their way through a series of (possibly made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing "ding" of the bell that signals a mistake.
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The Trial of Donna Caine

Reg. $72 NOW $55!

George Street Playhouse
When Marine Staff Sergeant Donna Caine is accused of a serious crime, highly respected civilian attorney Emily Zola Ginsburg is convinced to take the case. Fighting for her client’s future, Ginsburg finds herself taking on the military establishment to expose the truth. Based on actual events, this riveting courtroom drama is filled with intrigue that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
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Uncle Vanya - A Jersey Life in Four Acts

Hudson Theatre Works
In a new, innovative, adaptation by Michael Puzzo, commissioned by Hudson Theatre Works, Chekov's masterpiece is transported to a small New Jersey town a few years after Hurricane Sandy. In an over-crowded Bed and Breakfast, a documentary film maker and his second wife, and the daughter and brother-in- law from his first marriage, navigate mid-life crises and unrequited love.  Delusion and despair compete with humor and hope in Chekov's story about what is and what might have been.
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Critics Love Detroit '67 - McCarter Theatre

‘Uncle Vanya’ at Hudson Theatre Works


Hudson Theatre Works


Chekhov's Masterpiece

Uncle Vanya

Scenes from a Jersey Life in Four Acts

adapted by

Michael Puzzo

October 11 thru October 28

Thursday thru Saturday @8pm

Sunday @7pm


80 Hauxhurst Street

Weehawken, NJ 07086

Tickets are $25.00

It's the winter of 2016, and the memory of Hurricane Sandy still weighs heavily on the devastated community surrounding a rundown B&B in Mantoloking. There, a lonely man barely staggers through life with the help of his niece, the daughter of his dead sister. They find their mundane lives occasionally interrupted by visits from the man's only friend, an alcoholic doctor. Then the man's elderly brother-in-law, a pretentious professor, visits with his beautiful, young second wife in tow. And these sad, quiet, painfully pedestrian lives erupt into a tumult of repressed feelings and pain.

Yes, it's Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya," but in this new production by

Hudson Theatre Works,

playwrightMichael Puzzo has updated the story and moved it to the Shore, adding the subtitle "Scenes From a Jersey Life in Four Acts." And surprisingly, it works remarkably well.  Scholars

always focus on Chekhov's gloomier side, but "Uncle Vanya" was meant to be a comedy, and this excellent cast and director Frank Licato (who is also Hudson Theatre Works' artistic director) keep the laughs coming throughout the evening. Kevin Cristaldi, as Vanya, strikes the perfect balance between venomous bitterness and crippling self-pity, delivering zingers left and right. When noting that his pompous brother-in-law considers himself a documentarian (even though he has only finished one modestly successful film), Vanya explains to his niece that "documentaries are the broccoli of the film world, and 'hit documentary' is an oxymoron.

The entire cast provides riveting performances, from Beatriz Esteban-Messina as Nanita, the B&B's much put-upon housekeeper, to the slow-witted handyman Pocky (Gregory Erbach) who serenades the house with Beatles tunes, to the twisted members of the family: Vanya, his disapproving mother (Joanne Hoersch), his niece Sonia (Bess Miller), his self-obsessed brother-in-law Alexander (Michael Folie), Alexander's second wife Helena (Meredyth Kenney) and Vanya's only friend, Dr. Mike (Vincent Sagona.)

Jim Testa - New Jersey Stage